Race Information 2019

Harrison Event Updates

Basic Format

For those of you who have participated in past events the format & course stay more or less the same. This is a fun & challenging event that participants can undertake as competitively or not as they choose. It’s really up to you! It’s informal, essentially free & meant to be fun, with a bunch of like minded people on a winter Sunday! It’s a measured marathon (i.e. 42.2 km) ….as best we can get it!  or you can do approx. half of it as a relay with a partner. We also have the 6 person relay as an integral part of the event this year! The basic philosophy of the event is that lack of means shouldn’t be a barrier to entry & anyone who is willing to try & prepare themselves for it is warmly invited to have a go. It’s not the Olympics, so the emphasis is on rewarding participation rather than winners. Winners will be acknowledged & rewarded in a small way & everyone who completes the solo marathon will receive a commemorative certificate. First time marathoners are particularly welcome! Times will be taken for everyone (we hope?) & our aim is that no one goes home empty handed! So essentially LOW KEY, LOW COST, HIGH FUN! The event has its own website: http://monacomarathon.co.nz/ its own Facebook page, see https://www.facebook.com/monacomarathon   & it’s own dedicated email address info@monacomarathon.co.nz


Again Pre-registration will be available the day before at: The Shoe Clinic, Bridge St, Nelson on Saturday 22nd   June from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. thanks to Brett from Shoe Clinic! I would be grateful if all entrants can come & pick up their race no: or, if they haven’t done so already, register on this day so as not to delay the start on Sunday! This can be done by proxy (i.e. a friend picks up your race number &/or registers you) So long as they know all your details & bring along a spot prize of some kind to donate! Registrations will also be available on the day from 7 a.m. at the rear of the Honest Lawyer (follow signs). Please turn up in plenty of time to register if registering on the day.

Donations/ Koha

The chosen charities again for this year are The Mental Health Foundation & The Nelson/Tasman Cycle Trail Trust (the founders & caretakers of The Great Taste Trail which we run along)

During registration at the Shoe Clinic the day before the event, & again, on race day, additional voluntary donations (cash only) will be taken for these great causes! 100% of your donations goes to these charities!

Last year’s event raised around $3000 for the MHF (with money used for raising public awareness about how to improve your own mental health) & raised  around $1000 for the The Cycle Trail Trust (with the money used for maintenance & upgrading of the cycle trail)

Spot Prizes

I would be very grateful if all participants could bring along a small spot prize of some sort for the event when you pick up your race no: or register at The Shoe Clinic on Saturday 22nd  June. These donated items will then be put out at Prize Giving at The Honest Lawyer & race categories (i.e. 2 person relay 2nd leg runners) randomly drawn for spot prizes. First in best dressed in terms of what you might get! ….. with the hope that no-one goes home empty handed! For the last 5 years this has been a great success & already this year I have many ‘interesting’ donated items.

The 12 Categories of people for the spot prize draw, drawn randomly, are: 1) Marathoners under 3hrs 30 mins (i.e. up to 3.29.59); 2) Marathoners 3 hrs 30mins- 3 hrs 59 mins; 3) Marathoners 4 hrs- 4 hrs 59 mins; 4) Marathoners over 5 hrs; 5) Marathon Walkers; 6) 2 Person Relay Leg 1; 7) 2 Person Relay Leg 2; 8) 6 Person Relay Legs 1, 2 & 3; 9) 6 Person Relay Legs 3, 4 & 5; 10) Volunteers for the event; 11) Under 16 year old BOYS at the prize giving (don’t have to have taken part); 12)  Under 16 year old GIRLS at the prize giving (don’t have to have taken part)

Categories & Prizes

Categories for events are: Full Marathon Run 42.2km (solo) Male or Female NB Just because you enter as a runner doesn’t mean you can’t walk a bit as needs be! Or Full Marathon Walk (i.e. walk the whole way!) Not differentiated by gender

Prizes for: 1st,2nd,3rd Male marathoner [Racey Rabbit Trophy for winning male]; 1st,2nd,3rd Female marathoner [Racey Rabbit Trophy for winning female]. 1st,2nd,3rd marathon walker (if applicable)

2 Person Marathon Relay (2 person team, tag at at Rabbit Is. Change shed). You can enter the relay either as a RUN team (i.e. where at least one of the team members runs at least some of the way) or WALK team (i.e. where both the team must walk all the way!).  Relay teams will not be differentiated by gender!      

NB If your relay partner is a ‘full’ marathon runner then they must be your leg 1 person! & will wear 2 race nos: A yellow one, as a solo marathoner, &  a blue one as a relay runner)           

Prizes for: 1st,2nd,3rd ‘Running’ 2 person Relay teams. 1st,2nd,3rd ‘Walking’ 2 person Relay teams (if applicable)

6 Person Relay Marathon: The 6 legs are of varying lengths with change points being at major drink stations! RUN team (i.e. where at least one of the team members runs at least some of the way) or WALK team (i.e. where all 6 of the team members must walk all the way!).  Relay teams will not be differentiated by gender!      

Prizes for: 1st,2nd,3rd ‘Running’ 6 person Relay teams

Prize for: 1st ‘Walking’ 6 person Relay team

Look out for Bikes!

There are no trail or road closures in place &, especially if it is a nice day & later on in the day, there are likely to be lots of cyclists out using the trail! REMEMBER WE NOW HAVE E BIKES …& THEY GO PRETTY FAST ALONG HERE!! They are there for their reasons….. as you are there for yours. So, please, run in single file, & keep to the left hand side, listen & look for bikes, & be especially careful on blind corners! Be courteous to other trail users as they are expected to be courteous to you. We have put up lots of advance warning notices & lots of warning signs at trail entrances. However, some trail users may be completely oblivious of your presence, & your reason for being there, as they race along! So, please look after yourselves & be careful!

Nothing in your ears!

In this light we please request that you keep your ears & eyes wide open! So…. we would really like you not to wear I Pods or similar whilst out on the trail. You need to be able to hear others coming up behind you, especially bikes. I like music to…. but please refrain from using it to ‘zone out’ whilst running/walking on the trail for your own safety as well as that of others! Thanks!

2 Person Relay Runners/Walkers

If you are running/ walking the first half of the relay (from Monaco to Rabbit Is.) you must arrange your own transport back. Most likely this will be via the vehicle team member 2 has used to get to Rabbit Is. The change shed at Rabbit Is. Is the change over point. Your number & time will be recorded there. Please be mindful of leaving for Rabbit Is. In plenty of time for change over & driving/ parking considerately so as not to get in the way of participants at the change over point! This point is ‘over half way’ for the first relay runner (i.e. the first runner/ walker will do about 23km & the 2nd runner/walker around 19km) we will mark the half way point so you can take your time there if you want, it just makes more sense to do the changeover at the change sheds! PLEASE NOTE THAT ACCESS TO THE CHANGE SHEDS BY ROAD HAS NOW CHANGED A BIT FROM PREVIOUS YEARS, AS SOME OF THE ONE WAY SYSTEM IS NOW ‘TWO WAY’! Please see the attached map!

6 Person Relay Runners/Walkers

Each 6 person team will be issued with a baton (on race morning)  to hand over to the next team member. When picking up race nos: Each team will also be issued with a 6 Person Relay team sheet. Please, keep this with you for the race! Fill in the team member’s name for each leg &, if you want to, fill in the team member’s time for that leg which you will need to record yourselves. We will only take our team’s time at Rabbit Is. & at the finish.  Upon completing the race then drop ff the baton & your team’s sheet into the labelled box near the finish lane. These sheets are the only way we can accurately record each of your team member’s names & times for the event as, most likely, at least the running order of your team will have changed since you registered? Change over points are at the drink stations at a) Fittal St, Rmd; b) Speedway corner & c) Rabbit Is. Change shed, & then the same on the return in reverse. Please be mindful of leaving in plenty of time for the next change over & driving/ parking considerately so as not to get in the way of participants at the drink stations/change over points! There is a reasonable amount of parking space at each changeover point! NB JUST ONE SUPPORT VEHICLE PER TEAM PLEASE to avoid congestion! So should be at least a 5 seater of sorts!

Parking & being quiet!

Monaco is a residential area & it will be a Sunday morning in Mid Winter. Therefore I’m sure local residents & people staying at the Honest Lawyer or Monaco Resort would appreciate us keeping noise to a minium when arriving & getting ready. Please park in either of The Honest Lawyer car parks at the front of the pub (permission obtained) or on the Stoke side of the Motorway overbridge on Songer St. Please do not try to park at the rear of The Honest Lawyer (this will be coned off) or park on the side of Point Rd.  (i.e. the Main Rd out to the Monaco Peninsula) as we rely on the good will of local residents & this causes a nuisance. If arriving at the venue between 8 & 8.30 a.m. please be aware of the early starters at 8 a.m. & that the course crosses the access to the Honest Lawyer car parks X 2!  Please do not litter the car parks at the Honest Lawyer.

General pre-race etiquette

Arrive early for your event, especially if you still need to pick up your race no: or something. Don’t block entrances/exits & please stay off the course when early starters are heading off at 8 a.m. Keep the noise down a bit  & ask others if you’re not sure of something or where something is. Be ready for your event start (on the grass at the rear of the Honest Lawyer) in plenty of time!

Toilet facilities

There are only limited toilet facilities at the Honest Lawyer (& also at nearby Monaco Domain)  We only have permission to use the barn toilet & the rear toilets at The Honest Lawyer rather than inside the main building!  Please be mindful of this before arrival!   Might be a good idea to use the toilets in Stoke or Tahunanui on your way out there to avoid a long queue! Toilets are also available at approx 12km & 35 km (MDF Plant reserve) & Rabbit Is (halfway’ish)

Start Times

There will be a compulsory safety briefing before both wave starts approx 15 mins before start time. All entrants must attend & listen to these briefings to help keep everyone safe! Thank you!

Start times will be: 8 a.m. FOR ALL WALKERS (relays or full marathon) & SLOWER RUNNERS (i.e Over 4hrs 30 mins)  ONLY IF YOU HAVE PRE-REQUESTED AN EARLY START ‘WHEN ENTERING’ & have a White sticker with a Green ‘EARLY’ written on your race no: Please stick to your indicated start time so as not to confuse race timing.

 9 a.m. FOR ALL OTHER RUNNERS regardless of event.

It is estimated the first competitors will get to Rabbit Is from 10 a.m. The first competitor will finish about 11.45 a.m. & it is hoped to have everyone off the course by 2.30 p.m.


The event will only be cancelled in the event of ‘extreme’ weather or a civil defence emergency. I will advise More FM, if possible, should this be the case! There is no cancellation date.

Looking after Yourself

This is Mid Winter in Nelson so expect anything! It could be pretty hot or bloomin’ cold! Please dress/ prepare accordingly. It could be very cold when you start & quite balmy by midday, so two light layers, one of which can be easily removed, may be better than one thick one! Make sure you drink plenty of fluids, even if it’s cold! You may want to carry your own & just supplement this with the drink stations. If it looks like rain a light jacket may be worth taking? Please remember this is a fun run/walk, you don’t have the house & family riding on it! Look after yourself & be prepared to help others!

The course

The course is relatively straightforward & essentially follows the Great Taste Trail (cycle trail) to Rabbit Is. & back. Some ‘very minor’ alterations to the trail this year, close to Richmond, after repairs following last year’s storm events!  From the Honest Lawyer participants will, firstly head towards Monaco Peninsula along Point Rd then turn right at the Yacht club on to Martin St to do an ‘anti-clockwise’ loop of the entire peninsula, returning back along Point Rd on the short sandy section & following the estuary to return to The Honest Lawyer & the start of the cycle trail (approx 4 km). Before following the cycle trail to opposite the aquatic centre Richmond (approx 8 km), & then turning sharp right onto the cycle trail towards Rabbit Is./ Mapua. Participants then follow the cycle trail (signposted & marked with blue waratahs) all the way to Redwood Rd (Rabbit Is.) passing over Headingly Lane, to the rear of the MDF plant, Sandeman Reserve. Here the route will be arrowed to avoid confusion & will follow the shortest route, going hard right, briefly leaving the cycle trail for about 200m, before rejoining it & then continuing on towards the rear of Ravensdown Fertiliser plant, across Best Island Rd, right on to the top of Lower Queen St, back on to the trail over the Waimea River footbridge & to the junction with Redwood Rd (approx 19 km). Right along Redwood Rd- back onto the cycle trail on the L/hand side of Ken Beck Drive-to the end of trail on Cooper Rd. Left on Cooper Rd,  past the Manuka Picnic area & to the end of tar seal (aprox 22 km) Hard right remaining on tar seal road past Totara Picnic area & then hard right again following, initially, the tar seal road & then a gravel trail along the foreshore. Continue straight to pass in front of change sheds (on gravel track). Change over point for relay, (aprox 23km) i.e. Just over half way! Continue for about 200m along gravel track  before  taking a hard RIGHT back on to the cycle trail, back across Cooper Rd, & back along the trail as it continues back alongside Ken Beck Dr- Redwood Rd, cross Redwood Rd  at the bridge & back to the start of the cycle trail (aprox 28km) & retrace your route. Finish at the rear of the Honest Lawyer. (NOTE NO LOOP OF THE PENINSULA ON RETURN LEG)

Race Rules: (sharing the trail)

  • There are no road or trail closures in place. Please share the trail with other users & be courteous.
  • Always walk/run as far to the left of the trail or road as you can. Cross roads only at the requested points (signposted)
  • Stay on the designated trail/ event course at all times whilst competing
  • Please DO NOT wear IPods/ MP3 players or similar in your ears. You need to be able to hear people/ bikes coming up behind you
  • Be vigilant for bikes at all times, particularly on blind corners, & run/ walk in single file on narrow parts of the trail
  • ‘Always’ give way to cars do not expect them to give way to you!
  • Please do not leave litter on the trail
  • Obey all warning/ maximum load signs on the trail
  • If you come across someone in distress please render assistance, stay with the person, get the next walker/ runner/ trail user to call for/go for help. DIAL 111 in all emergencies. You are each others First Aid. If needed contact Stu C. 0274 459 749 with minor concerns, medical issues. If you had to stop to help someone we will endeavour to credit you back with that time in the results!

Finishing Procedures

For the 2 Person relay entrants (Team Member 1): Finish at the Rabbit Island change shed. Time will be taken race no: recorded. Make your own way back to Monaco.

For the 2 person relay entrants (Team Member 2): Finish at the rear of the Honest Lawyer. Time will be taken race no: recorded. Relax. If you need to get back to Rabbit Is for something (i.e. vehicle, gear) you’ll have to make your own way. PLEASE ONLY  TEAM MEMBER 2 TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE (i.e. team member 1, don’t run in with your team mate!) Stuffs up the timing crew!

For the 6 person relay entrants (Team Members 1-5): Finish at the allocated point at the drink station & hand the baton over to your next team member! Rejoin your other team members & get your team to record your leg time on the team sheet. Head off soon to the end of the leg to get your next runner/walker ready!

For the 6 person relay entrants (Team Member 6-The finisher): Finish at the rear of the Honest Lawyer. Time will be taken race no: recorded. Put your team’s baton in the labelled box at the finish & get your team to also drop the team sheet in box! Relax! . PLEASE ONLY TEAM MEMBER 6 TO CROSS THE FINISH LINE (i.e. other team members, don’t run in with your team mate across the line!) Stuffs up the timing crew!

For Full Marathon entrants: Finish at the rear of the Honest Lawyer. Time will be taken race no: recorded. All solo marathoners who finish (run or walk) will receive a commemorative certificate after finishing! We will have engraved medals for all those who complete this as their first ever marathon! +If if this is your first ever marathon you should have a large ORANGE STICKER WITH FIRST on your race number to indicate this! Please give these people an especially big cheer!! Bloody well done to you!! Relax.

We will have chairs & water available for all finishers, as they finish!

There will also be soup & a roll available for participants only please (Cost $5) close to the finish

 If you are unable to complete your chosen event I would be grateful if you could let us know you have withdrawn so we know you’re ok! Either report in at the Honest Lawyer, at the Rabbit Is change shed, or call   Stu C. 0274 459 749. This could save a lot of worry!

Drink Stations (special drinks)

Drink stations will be set up at approx 4 km, 9 km, 16km, 20 km, 23km…. (& on the return) 27km, 31km, & 37 km. Please note that given the low key nature of the event the drink stations along the trail may be simply ‘help yourself’! The Rabbit Is. one will definitely be manned. If you have special drinks you wish put out at the Rabbit Is. drink station please leave these in a designated box at the Honest Lawyer by 8.30 a.m. & clearly label with your race no:  There are also now a couple of drink fountains beside the track on the way!!

First Aid

There will be provision for basic First Aid at Rabbit Is (change shed) & the finish at Monaco. St John are also aware of the event & on stand by. In the event of any entrant (including yourself) requiring urgent medical assistance, someone needs to dial 111 immediately.  Seek assistance from whoever is nearby, many people carry phones.                                                                                                                                                                                                         If you require an inhaler for asthma/ breathing difficulties please take this with you, the same with any medications. (i.e. anti-histamines)

Gear Bags

We will have somewhere dry you can leave gear bags at the Honest Lawyer although you may prefer to simply leave most gear in your vehicle. 

Time Keeping

We aim to have overhead electronic timing clocks set up & going again for the event but …. no promises!

To the best of our ability times will be recorded at Rabbit Is. change shed (approx 23km) & at the finish. You may wish to also take your own times as a back up. Results will be posted on the event’s website http://monacomarathon.co.nz/ & the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/monacomarathon as soon as possible after the event (could be a day or three!!) & will also be emailed out to entrants when confirmed. We hope to have provisional results/ times may be available on the day? Many thanks to computer whizzes Ian & Katrina for agreeing to do this for us! Please let us know of any glaring discrepancies!

Post Event Soup & a Roll

We will again have hearty soup & rolls available close to the race finish (post race from approx 12.30) ‘for event participants’ only please, it goes quite quickly! ‘To cover costs only’ there is a charge of $5 (cash) per person for this. The soup tends to go quickly but please try to save some for the late’ies! PLEASE BRING ALONG SOME $s FOR THIS [NO EFTPOS!] The Honest Lawyer also has a wide range of meals & bar foods available for purchase.

Post Event Massage

This year we will again have post race massages (15 mins worth) available close to the race finish (post race from approx 12. 00p.m.) ‘for event participants’, bring some change for this to! (Thanks to Anel & The Body Project)

Prize Giving (Place getters recognized)

The Barn building at the rear of THE HONEST LAWYER country pub & restaurant will be Race HQ for the day & will also be the venue for after event drinks & a feed.  All entrants are encouraged to stay on at the Honest Lawyer after finishing which is a lovely venue for the whole family who are all encouraged along for the whole, or part of, the day. Please enjoy their hospitality, meals & drinks! Prize giving will commence at approx 3 p.m. &, weather permitting, will be held outside. In the spirit of the event being a fun run/ walk place getters for categories will be recognised rather than financially rewarded.  Spot prizes will be randomly drawn, by category, throughout prize giving with spot prizes having been donated by participants!  We will draw (from all participants) a couple of major spot prizes towards the end of the prize giving. Thank you! It is hoped to be completed by 4 p.m. Have a great day & we hope you all achieve your personal goals!!

Current Race Records:
Full Marathon Run: Male-    2016 Aditya Kesarcodi-Watson 2hr 39min 20sec 
                                    Female- 2014 Colette Reid 3hr 18m 01s (current holder of the Racey Rabbit trophy as last year’s winner!)

Full Marathon walk (mixed):                2015 Bevan Cook 5hr 10m 38s

Marathon 2 person Relay mixed (Run)   2016 Flossie Van Dyke & Harrison Dean 2hr 51min 26sec
                                               (Walk) 2018 Darryl Nish & Alan West 5hr 00min 30sec.

6 Person Marathon Relay mixed (Run)   2015 Buller Full Boys 2hr 59m 48s

(Walk) 2015 The Walkaholics 5hr 09m 21s

Date of Race Next Year: Next year’s event is scheduled for: Sunday June 21st 2020